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After a second reconnoitring trip and thanks to positive feedback both from the recce and last month’s “demo-race”, at a meeting held in Arvier (AO) on Thursday 1st February the organisers of La Grande Course confirmed that next winter the international circuit with the most thrilling and spectacular skimo races is to include a stage in China.

That’s right: the first edition ever of a non-European LGC race will be held in the charming village of Hemu, in the Xinjiang region.

The dates to put down in diary are the 11th and 12th January 2019. A unique occasion, not only for the big names in skimo racing but also for the aficionados, who will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful mountain scenery in the Kanas area and ski in a “sea of powder”.   

For the occasion, various package deals that include registration fees, flights and accommodation will be available. So now all you have to do is plan a few days’ holiday so that you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure first-hand: a wonderful experience to tell your friends about.  

Further information and full travel details will be published shortly on the circuit’s website.

In the first weekend in March the legendary Altitoy-Ternua will be back again on the Grande Course circuit. Do you fancy the idea of taking part, but are a bit worried about the logistics? No problem, we’ve got it all organised. Here you will find the best travel deal we could find. To sign up, send a mail to




02/03 : Milan Malpensa 13H10 14H40 Toulouse
05/03 : Toulouse 13H50 15H10 Milan Malpensa

Le prix comprend :

  • Le vol Milan Malpensa/Toulouse en A/R
  • Les taxes d'aéroport
  • 20 kg de bagages en soute
  • Le transport des skis en soute (possibilité de grouper plusieurs skis dans une même housse, cependant le nom de la personne qui mets la housse dans l’avion doit être donné relativement tôt à la compagnie)
  • La Pension Complète du vendredi soir au lundi matin (hors repas du dimanche midi inclus dans l’inscription) à l’hôtel de Londres.
  • Le transport de l’aéroport de Toulouse à Luz st Sauveur en A/R (temps de transfert 2h 30 )

Le prix ne comprend pas :

  • Les repas du midi du vendredi et du lundi
  • Inscription à la course : 80 € environ (L’inscription se fait en ligne sur le site de l’AltitoyTernua)
  • Assurance

Bringing down the curtain on the 2017 season, we had a Mezzalama Trophy full of dramatic twists and turns, in both the men’s and women’s races.  After much drama with lots of overtaking, in the end victory went to the team representing the Italian Alpine corps, Michele Boscacci – Matteo Eydallin – Damiano Lenzi, and in the women’s race to the team made up of French athlete Laetitia Roux, Emelie Forsberg from Sweden and Jennifer Fiechter from Switzerland.  
At dawn, the 297 three-man teams set off from the centre of Cervinia, accompanied by fireworks and the military brass band (“fanfara”) of the Val d’Ossola Bersaglieri. Awaiting them were 37km and over 3000m of elevation gain, with some stretches at altitudes of over 4000m on the legendary peaks of Mt. Castor and the Naso del Lyskamn. To live up to its name the glacier marathon has to be hard-fought, and hard-fought it was – for the joy of the thousands of spectators who got up in the middle of the night to follow this epic race, and for all the fans who followed it in live streaming from the comfort of their homes.
Trying to upset the apple cart were Kilian Jornet, Werner Marti and Martin Anthamatten. The Italian army athletes Damiano Lenzi, Michele Boscacci and Matteo Eydallin had to struggle much harder than they expected before they managed to pass them on the last downhill, crossing the finish line in 4h18’50”, with a 2’18” lead over the Swiss-Catalan team.   This is the fourth Mezzalama won by Eydallin, the third by Lenzi and the second by the younger athlete Boscacci.
Taking a third place that was never under threat were William Boffelli, Pietro Lanfranchi and Jakob Herrmann, who finished 12’33” behind the leaders. Fourth were Nadir Maguet, Manfred Reichegger and Robert Antonioli, fifth Valentin Favre, Filippo Barazzuol and Alexis Sévennec.
A bitter-sweet end to the race for the women’s team made up of Katia Tomatis, Alba De Silvestro and Axelle Mollaret who were out in front right up to the last downhill rush towards Gressoney before being passed by Jennifer Fiechter, Emelie Forsberg and Laetitia Roux. The winners of the 2017 trophy crossed the finish line with a time of 5h37’49”, a mere 2’12” ahead of the two Italians and the French athlete Mollaret. In third place were the sisters Annie – Katrine Bieler and their team member from Friuli Dimitra Teocharis.

High mountains, steep couloirs, and crampons gave the upcoming generations of ski-mountaineers their first taste of the Glacier Marathon.  The second edition of the Mezzalama Jeunes, a race designed specifically for the Junior and Cadet categories and forming part of La Grande Course Jeunes circuit, started off this morning from the Cime Bianche cable car station at Breuil-Cervinia. The course, designed by François Cazzanelli and Stefano Stradelli and supervised by the technical director of the Mezzalama Trophy, Adriano Favre, presented athletes in the Junior M category with an elevation gain of 1000 metres spread over three climbs, with three bootpacking stretches (on foot with skis in the backpack); while the youngsters in the Cadet M/F and Junior F categories had to tackle a shorter 880-metre-long course.
In the Junior category, Sébastien and Fabien Guichardaz, hot favourites on the eve of the race, fulfilled expectations by winning in 1:23’56’’.  Coming in just behind them were a French team made up of Ciferman Esteban and Bastien Flammier and the Oropa Team with Lorenzo Bozino and Gabriele Gazzetto.  In the Junior girls’ race, the French pair Ceelia Perillat Pessey and Marie Pollet-Villard were the clear winners with a time of 1:25’04. In second place were two Italian girls, Giorgia Feliciti and Melanie Ploner, while Francesca Zucco and Olesia Ronzon came third. In the girls’ Cadet category, Aurelie Avanturier and Anna Folini came first with a time of 1:50’45’’, while victory in the boys’ Cadet race went to Matteo Sostizzo and Mattia Tanara, in front of Alessandro Morandini and Pietro Festini Purlan. The winning time was 1:16’02’’.  Stepping onto the podium in third place was the team made up of Albert Gontier and Alessandro Mantega.

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